David Ridgen

David Ridgen is an award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker. He has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, MSNBC, NPR, TVOntario and others. Ridgen co-directed Canadian Images of Vietnam with his brother Robert Ridgen in 1990. The compilation, produced by Robert, was acquired by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1991. Ridgen's first feature drama, Memento, was released to critical acclaim in 1996 on a riverboat in Kingston, ON. In 2000, Ridgen made a critically acclaimed documentary about Palestinian refugees in Lebanon On the Borders of Gardens, which earned him a prestigious Canadian Association of Journalists Award. A 2003 film Buried Alive made for CBC, was about a group of people seeking spiritual enlightenment by digging their own graves and being buried alive in them overnight. This film won a Bronze Plaque Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Ridgen made Return to Mississippi in 2004 for the CBC, about the potential for a trial in the case of the Mississippi Burning victims, civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman.

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